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  • Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Lego The Hobbit' PS4 Review

    I am a huge fan of the Lego-themed video games.  They are really fun to play and are usually filled with humor. I just received a review copy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Lego The Hobbit” for the PS4 and it is awesome. “Lego The Hobbit” follows the film very closely, and you will get to play as many of the characters from the movie.

  • COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Dennis DeYoung The Music of Styx Review

    This past weekend I went to Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Minn., to see Dennis DeYoung who was the lead vocalist, keyboard player, producer and songwriter in the band Styx. The show was amazing.  I have seen many shows at Northern Lights Casino, and I would have to say this was the best one yet...

  • Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate' Deluxe Edition PS3 Review

    I am a huge fan of Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment’s “Batman Arkham” series.  I really think the story is awesome and very dark. This past week I received a review code for Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment’s “Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate – Deluxe Edition” for the PS3, and it is amazing...

  • Photo courtesy of Liongate Home Entertainment Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Little House on the Prairie Season One Deluxe Remastered'

    The first time I saw a full episode of “Little House on the Prairie” was when I first started dating my wife. My wife really liked the show a lot, and we watched an episode of “Little House on the Prairie” together one evening, and I really enjoyed it and thought it was great.  I do have to admit I was hooked on it...

  • Photo courtesy of Activision COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts Wii U Review

    In the past couple of years, I have played a lot of hunting games, and it seems like each one gets better and more realistic. This past week I got the opportunity to play Activision’s “Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts” for the Nintendo Wii U, and it is awesome. “Big Game Hunter” is a very exciting first person hunting game...

  • Photo courtesy of Activision Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Cut the Rope: Triple Treat' 3DS Review

    This past week I had the opportunity to play a review copy of Activision’s “Cut the Rope: Triple Treat” for the Nintendo 3DS, and I thought it was great. Your main goal in “Cut the Rope” is to feed a green monster named “Om Nom” candy...

  • Photo courtesy of Disney Interactive COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Disney Infinity Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack Review

    This past week I received a review copy of Disney Interactive’s “Disney Infinity Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack.” The “Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack” comes with “Phineas” and “Agent P.”  The characters look amazing and are extremely detailed.  They look exactly like the characters from the show, and they stand on a very cool base that looks like grass...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory/Scream Factory COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Beneath' DVD Review

    I just finished watching a review copy of Scream Factory/Shout Factory’s “Beneath” on DVD, and I really enjoyed it a lot. It was a pretty exciting and fun film to watch. “Beneath” is about a group of high school kids who go out to a friend’s cabin for the weekend to celebrate their graduation...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: "Transformers Armada: The Complete Series" DVD Review

    One of my favorite toy lines growing up in the ‘80s was “Transformers.”  I thought that they were so cool because they were robots that could turn into vehicles, weapons, insects, dinosaurs and other things.  They were extremely popular and still are today....

  • Photo courtesy of Konami COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros PS4 Review

    I was first introduced to Konami’s “Metal Gear” series way back in 1987 when the original “Metal Gear” was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). I still remember the ads for “Metal Gear” in the Nintendo Fun Club Newsletter.  It was a full page ad, and the entire page was covered in weapons and gadgets that you could get in the game to use...

  • Photo courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: PlayStation Camera PS4 Review

    Last November, Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation 4 was released, and one of the accessories that you could buy separately was the “PlayStation 4 Camera.” This past week I received a “PlayStation 4 Camera” to review from Sony Computer Entertainment, and I can see why it is so popular.  The camera is absolutely amazing...

  • Photo courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Infamous Second Son' PS4 Review

    This past week I got the opportunity to play a review copy of Sucker Punch and Sony Computer Entertainment’s “Infamous Second Son” for the PS4, and it is awesome. “Infamous Second Son” is one of the best games that I have played so far on the PS4, and the graphics are absolutely amazing and will blow you away...

  • Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Sci-Fi Creature Classics DVD Review

    There is nothing I enjoy more than a great “B” film from the ‘50s or ‘60s.  I like seeing all of the silly and crazy monsters that were dreamed up by writers and movie producers to try and scare people. Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, there were a ton of sci-fi and horror films that featured mutated monsters and beings from another planet...

  • Photo: Creative Commons/AMC Movie Theaters COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 Blu-ray Review

    Some of the most outrageous and shocking horror films that I have ever seen have been made by a film company called Troma Entertainment. Troma Films are very well known for excessive amount of violence, gore, and humor.This past weekend I got the chance to watch Anchor Bay Film’s “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1” on Blu-ray.  I really enjoyed it a lot and had a great time watching it...

  • Photo courtesy of CAPCOM COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Strider PS4 Review

    Back in my early NES days, one of my favorite games to play was CAPCOM’s “Strider.”  I really thought the game was a lot of fun, and I really liked the main character of the game who was a highly skilled assassin. 
    This past week, I received a review code for CAPCOM’s “Strider” for the PS4, and it brought back a lot of great memories...

  • Photo courtesy of Nintendo COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: NES Remix Wii U Review

    Some of my greatest childhood memories were with my Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). As soon as I would get home from school, I would do my homework, (yes, you read that correctly) and then I would get to play NES. Nintendo released one of the most amazing games for the Wii U in my opinion, called “NES Remix.”  I was sent a review code to try it, and I was blown away...

  • INTERVIEW: Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Dr. Demento'

    Columnist Aaron Chalich got the chance to talk Barry Hansen who is very well known as “Dr. Demento” this past weekend. Aaron also got the chance to talk to Devin Lucas and Scott and Christy McKenzie about their documentary on Dr. Demento called “Under The Smogberry Trees: The True Story of Dr. Demento and Barry Hansen.”

  • Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Films COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: In Fear Blu-ray Review

    I have seen many horror films and one of the scenarios that I have always found pretty terrifying is one where someone is being terrorized by another person in a setting that they do not have any control over. The reason I find it so scary is that the people usually are in an area they are not familiar with and are trapped with nowhere to really go...

  • Photo courtesy of Square Enix COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Limited Edition PS3 Review

    When Square Enix’s “Final Fantasy X” (2001) and “Final Fantasy X-2” (2003) were released for the PS2 they were a huge hit.  The graphics looked absolutely amazing and the “Final Fantasy X’s” were the best looking games at the time than any other game in my opinion...

  • Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Films COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The Grandmaster' Blu-ray Review

    I have always enjoyed marital arts, and I have also always enjoyed watching marital art films. One of my favorite martial artists ever is Bruce Lee.  I have seen all of his films and documentaries about him several times.  I just cannot enough of them. This past week I watched a review copy of Anchor Bay’s “The Grandmaster” on Blu-ray...

  • Photo courtesy of Nintendo COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy 3DS Review

    I have always enjoyed solving puzzles and as a matter of fact, I think that is the main reason I enjoy video games so much. I just get a feeling of satisfaction when I complete a puzzle that is very challenging, and I think that most people also feel the same way. This past week I got a review code for Nintendo’s “Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy.”

  • Photo courtesy of Konami COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 PS3 Review

    One of the very first games that I owned for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was Konami’s “Castlevania.”  I actually pretended that I was sick for a few days, so I could stay home and play it. “Castlevania” was released in 1986, and you played as Simon Belmont and whip-wielding hero who was on a quest to destroy Dracula...

  • Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: The Three Stooges six-movie set DVD Review

    One of my favorite comedy teams in the world is “The Three Stooges.”  I grew up watching them with my dad, and I still try to watch them as often as I can. There are some networks that air “The Three Stooges” today, and I think it’s awesome...

  • Photo is courtesy of Square-Enix COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Thief PS4 Review

    Last week I received a review code for Square-Enix’s “Thief” for the PS4.  I have been seeing a lot of trailers and reading a lot articles about it on the internet, so I was pretty excited. “Thief” is an amazing game, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s one of the best games of 2014...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'L.A. LAW: Season One' DVD Review

    “L.A. LAW” premiered in 1986 and aired until 1994. It was created by award winning writers/producers Steven Bocho and Terry Louise Fisher. This past weekend I received a review copy of “L.A. LAW: Season One” from Shout Factory, and I ended up watching all 22 episodes...

  • Photo courtesy of CAPCOM COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Strider' PS4 Review

    Back in my early NES days, one of my favorite games to play was CAPCOM’s “Strider.”  I really thought the game was a lot of fun, and I really liked the main character of the game who was a highly-skilled assassin. This past week I received a review code for CAPCOM’s “Strider” for the PS4, and it brought back a lot of great memories...

  • Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The Tick: The Entire Series' DVD Review

    Growing up I read a lot of comic books and so did my friends.  One of my friends read “The Tick” which was a pretty funny comic that was about a superhero that has superhuman strength and cannot be injured. “The Tick” doesn’t remember where he came from, and he is always saying funny things that usually don’t make sense...

  • Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Battle of the Damned Blu-ray Review

    I am a huge fan of Dolph Lundgren, and I have been since I’ve seen him in “Rocky IV.” Dolph stars in “Battle of the Damned” which is one of Anchor Bay’s newest releases on Blu-ray. “Battle of the Damned” was directed by Christopher Hatton and stars Dolph Lundgren, Melanie Zanetti, Matt Doran, David Field, and Jen Sung...

  • Photo courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth' DVD Review

    I remember as a kid growing up seeing Mike Tyson on the news and hearing about his amazing fights.  At the time, he seemed superhuman, because he was knocking out fighters in seconds.  I actually did watch a few of his fights and Mike Tyson seemed unstoppable.   I also thought that it was fascinating watching him box...

  • Photo courtesy of Aaron Chalich Aaron’s Backstage Pass: MEGA BLOKS Call of Duty Collector’s Series Review

    I am a huge “Call of Duty” fan, and I really enjoyed “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” a lot.  One of the modes that you can play is called “TranZit” where you have to survive a zombie outbreak.  I really liked this mode a lot and thought it was a lot of fun. This past weekend I received some “Call of Duty” collector construction sets from MEGA BLOKS....

  • Photo courtesy of Aaron Chalich COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: MEGA BLOKS HALO: The Authentic Collector’s Series Review

    As we all know I am a huge gamer, and I enjoy just about anything that has to do with video games. Not too long ago, MEGA BLOKS came out with a set based on the “HALO” video games, and this past weekend I got the opportunity to see what they were like. I had a blast spending many hours of building and constructing vehicles and other “HALO” related scenes from the game...

  • Photo courtesy of Aaron Chalich COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: MEGA BLOKS Skylanders Swap Force Review

    This past weekend I received a review set of “Skylanders Swap Force” from MEGA BLOKS, and my daughters and I had a blast playing with it. “Skylanders Swap Force” is a really cool game.  It comes with an arena, two spinners, two characters (Hoot Loop & Grilla Drilla), two rip cords, two sheep and some bloks to build two catapults...

  • Photo courtesy of Nintendo COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wii U Review

    One of the first video games I played in an arcade was Nintendo’s “Donkey Kong.”  It was and probably still is one of the hardest but most entertaining classic games to play in my opinion. Over the years, many different Donkey Kong-themed games have been released by Nintendo and this past week...

  • Photo courtesy of D3Publisher COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Earth Defense Force 2025' PS3 Review

    This past week I got an email from D3Publisher with a review code for their latest game “Earth Defense Force 2025” for the PS3. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I thought that the game looked very interesting.  On the cover of the box, it shows a bunch of futuristic looking soldiers that are fighting a bunch of giant insects.I downloaded the game, and I had a great time playing it...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Darkman' Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

    One of my favorite horror movie directors is Sam Raimi.  I really love the “Evil Dead” films, and he also directed the film “Darkman” that was just released by Scream Factory/Shout Factory on Blu-ray and DVD.“Darkman” was released in 1990 and stars Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels and Larry Drake...

  • Photo courtesy of Deep Silver COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: NASCAR 14

    Get your engines ready race fans, because “NASCAR 14” is out, and you will want to check this game out. I just played a review copy of Deep Silver’s “NASCAR 14,” and it is by far the best NASCAR/racing game that has been released in my opinion. The game is absolutely amazing...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Bad Dreams'/'Visiting Hours' Blu-ray Review

    Scream Factory/Shout Factory has released some amazing Blu-ray double features, and they just released “Bad Dreams/Visiting Hours” on Blu-ray, and it is a must have for any horror movie fan and collector...

  • Photo courtesy of Aaron Chalich COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: NECA RoboCop/Borderlands/Team Fortress 2 Figure Review

    I have been collecting horror and video game memorabilia for over thirty years, and some of the coolest-looking and most-collectable figures in my collection are from a company called NECA (National Entertainment Collectables Association)...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The Shadow' Blu-ray Collector’s Edition Review

    It has been years since I’ve seen “The Shadow.”  I actually saw it when it was released in the theaters back in 1994, and I really thought it was pretty good. I just received a review copy of Shout Factory’s “The Shadow” Blu-ray Collector’s Edition. “The Shadow” was directed by Russell Mulcahy and has a huge all-star cast that includes, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Curry, Ian McKellen, Peter Boyle, and Jonathan Winters....

  • Photo courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The Last of Us: Left Behind' PS3 Review

    Sony Computer Entertainment’s “The Last of Us” for the PS3 was one of my favorite games of last year.  It was creepy, and there were so many scenes in the game that made me jump.  There were also many intense situations that had me on the edge of my seat.  It is such a great game. This past weekend I got a review code from Sony Computer Entertainment for “Left Behind” which is the latest downloadable content for “The Last of Us.”


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